Category: Day Trips

Day trip to Troy and Gallipoli from Istanbul

September 24, 2013

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Guide Seyhan explains how the Trojans built these ancient walls

Getting to the Gallipoli Peninsula from Istanbul is a six-hour drive, so instead of making the trip by public bus and rushing to do it all in one day, we booked Viator’s 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul, which includes a guided Gallipoli tour, accommodation and a short tour of Troy’s ancient ruins on day two.

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Beaches Near Istanbul

July 22, 2013

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Along most of Turkey’s three coasts it’s easy to find some gorgeous strips of sand. In Istanbul, however, a pleasant, uncrowded beach is not so easy to find. Nonetheless, a strip of sand and an open sea can provide much needed relief from Istanbul’s seething crowds. Here are few beaches, from nearest to farthest, to escape to from the big city.

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Istanbul in Summer

July 8, 2013

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Istanbul enchants visitors year-round, but summer is when the city resurrects itself after a dark, cold winter and brims with a vitality only the sweltering heat can engender. Here are a few things worth knowing about visiting Istanbul during the summer.

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Best Day Trips from Istanbul

April 29, 2013

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Istanbul is a gigantic and crowded city, and can quickly become overwhelming for those not accustomed to it. For those looking to escape for a day or two, here are a few places worth checking out, all possible on a day trip.

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The Princes’ Islands in Istanbul

September 7, 2012

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Princes' Islands

In the summer when the days are hot, a getaway to the Princes’ Islands is a great way to escape the bustle of Istanbul. A quick ferry ride away is lies this unique world where cars are replaced with horses and carts and the Sea of Marmara provides tranquility. Originally a place where royals were exiled, the cluster of islands is now a popular spot for those who want to get out of town without having to go very far.

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Amasra: A Black Sea Escape

May 14, 2012

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Beautiful sunset views in Amasra.

Most visitors to Turkey in search of a beach holiday head straight to the brash resorts which line the Aegean or Mediterranean Seas. But Turkey’s verdant Black Sea coast, more or less as long as the Western seaboard of the United States, has some unspoilt gems well worth seeking out. Amasra is a perfect example.

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The Mad Sultan of Yildiz Palace

April 16, 2012

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The Palace in Yildiz Turkey.

By the late 19th century, the Ottoman Empire was in terminal decline, beset by violence, infighting and constant shrinkage of its domains. And every time a chunk of the empire disappeared it seems the sultans cheered themselves up by building a new palace in Istanbul (then Constantinople).

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Things to do in Edirne

April 2, 2012

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The city of Edirne in western Turkey dates back to the Roman Empire, its name deriving from the Emperor Hadrian. It was on the main westward route which took conquering Ottoman armies into the heart of Europe, to the very gates of Vienna on one occasion, and its strategic position has made it the theater of numerous battles over the centuries.

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History and Holidays in Bodrum, Turkey

March 12, 2012

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Modern boat in front of a medeival castle in Bodrum, Turkey. Photo courtesy of nieljs via Flickr.

History is a big deal in the town of Bodrum in the Anatolian southwest of Turkey. It was the birthplace of Herodotus, “father of history”, as well as the site of an enormous tomb built for King Mausolus which gave us the term “mausoleum”.

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Aphrodisias: Off The Beaten Path in Turkey

January 11, 2012

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The ruins of Ephesus, one of the most impressive Greco-Roman settlements on the Mediterranean, are justly famous, drawing streams of visitors to Turkey year-round. Far fewer make it to Aphrodisias, the spectacular ruin of a city, largely destroyed by an earthquake in the 7th century. Its obscurity can be partly blamed on its location; it’s about 140 miles (230 km) to the largest big city, Izmir, and even further away from Istanbul.

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